Rare 9-legged octopus found off coast in northeastern Japan
Kyodo -- Nov 30
A rare nine-legged octopus was discovered off the coast of northeastern Japan earlier this month, with those curious about the unusual creature now able to see it on display at the town's local nature center.

The octopus, which has an extra leg emerging midway from one of its eight other legs, was found in Shizugawa Bay in the town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture on Nov. 13.

"(This octopus) is a phenomenon demonstrating the diversity of nature. I hope it becomes an opportunity for people to learn about the abundant mysteries of the ocean," said Takuzo Abe, a researcher at Minamisanriku Nature Center, where the octopus is currently on display.

タコといえば8本足ですが、9本足のタコが見つかり展示されることになりました。  見つかったのは宮城県南三陸町の水深20メートルの海底です。よく見ると、9本目の足は途中から枝分かれしています。13日、地元の漁師が自宅で食べようと塩ゆでしていたところ、1本多いことに気付いたそうです。  南三陸町自然環境活用センター・阿部拓三博士:「タコというのは足が切れると足が再生する、また足が新しく生えてくるっていう再生能力がありまして、切れたり傷付いたりする時に足が生えてくるっていうことはあるようなので、そういう現象だと思います」  9本足のタコは来週から南三陸町のネイチャーセンターで展示されるということです。
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